Virgin Atlantic is to fly twice-weekly from Manchester to Las Vegas starting in April next year, a route dropped by Bmi in 2009.
The news was announced on Virgin’s website a couple of weeks ago, but seems to have been missed by several news sites (including ours), so we thought we’d post it now it’s come to our attention. The service will commence on April 3, 2011, with twice-weekly flights departing on Thursdays and Sundays.
The route will be served with Boeing 747-400 aircraft, configured for 14 Upper Class suites, 58 premium economy seats and 379 economy seats. Virgin already serves Las Vegas with daily flights from London Gatwick, and operates services from Manchester to Orlando and Barbados.
Bmi pulled off the Manchester-Las Vegas route in early 2009, around the same time the carrier dropped its long-haul routes from Manchester to Chicago, Barbados and Antigua (see online news November 5, 2008).
Tickets for the new Virgin route from Manchester to Las Vegas will go on sale in early May. For more information visit virginatlantic.com.
Report by Mark Caswell